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Significant crime reduction across our network

03/25/2008 AT 09:29

We have worked with British Transport Police in combating crime have seen a 16.2% reduction in bike thefts, a 62.8% reduction of robbery and a 39.5% reduction in line of route crimes.

The figures, collated by BTP, point to the positive effects of safety and security improvements such as CCTV on stations and TravelSafe Officers.

TravelSafe Officers provide valuable extra resources that can be targeted where the problems are. They are a highly visible presence on station platforms and trains.

Stuart Giddings, our Head of Security & Crime Prevention, said:
“This is a positive result and we will be working hard, alongside BTP, to reduce crime further and continue the work of providing a safe railway. Whilst partnership is easy to say it can be hard to achieve and this example shows that partnership delivers.”

BTP London South Area Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Morgan said the reductions had come through pro-active patrols and targeted activities across the line of route.

“We've done a great deal of work around theft of bicycles and line of route offences across the South West Trains network. There have been regular crime reduction surgeries at stations, educational visits to local schools warning youngsters of the dangers of trespassing, to reassurance policing through increased late night patrols when anti social behaviour and drunk and disorderly incidents can be an issue.
We can assure commuters that in the coming months they will see increased patrols and policing activity as part of our plans to reduce crime even further this year.”

General information on Christmas and New Year

On Monday 24, Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Monday 31 December 2007 normal weekday restrictions apply to Cheap Day Returns, Super Off-peak Returns, Day Travelcards (Off-peak and Super Off-peak) and Railcard reductions.

Timetable changes for December

From 9 December 2007 we are making a number of important timetable changes, as part of the new franchise. Full details will be in the next issue of e-motion. In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the main changes:

More megatrain.com destinations

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Smoking to be stubbed out at stations

To bring the company in line with government legislation, from 1 July 2007 smoking at our stations will be banned.

New facilities for passengers at Basingstoke

As part of our commitment to improving the stations across the network, we have teamed up with Café Destino to introduce new facilities at Basingstoke station.

Nomination for Thames Ditton station supervisor

South West Trains is chuffed at the news that Ron Cox, Station Supervisor Thames Ditton, has made the short list at the National Transport Awards for the Frontline Employee of the Year award.

More capacity for bicycles at Guildford station

The investment in improved facilities at Guildford station has continued with the installation of more cycle storage.

Off-peak fare changes from 20 May 2007

From 20 May, South West Trains are introducing a new ticket type for travel towards London - Super Off-peak Day Return.

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